Home to the 1996 Summer Olympic games and Atlanta Braves, Center Parc Stadium, is the home of the Georgia State Panthers football team.
Center Parc Stadium has a unique history within the local Atlanta community and the world. A place that has witnessed triumphs in the sporting arena and now is the centerpiece for showcasing the entrepreneurship endeavors of Georgia State University.
It was originally built as the Centennial Olympic Stadium for the 1996 Summer Olympics. It hosted the Opening and Closing Ceremonies and track and field events for both the Olympic and Paralympic Games. After the Games, the stadium was reconfigured for baseball and was home to the Atlanta Braves from 1997 until 2016. Georgia State saw the potential for using this historic venue and acquired the stadium and its surrounding parking lots for a large-scale expansion of the university’s campus. This resulted in the rebirth of Center Parc Stadium as the home of the Georgia State Panthers.
Rebirth is not new to Georgia State, as its logo highlights the traditional flame of knowledge and the mythical phoenix. The latter is the symbol of Atlanta’s rebirth after the Civil War.
Georgia State University continues to light the way as one of the most innovative public research universities, aiming to transform the lives of the most diverse student body in the nation. Similar to Atlanta and Center Parc Stadium’s rebirth into a thriving place for diversity and inclusion.
Georgia State’s Entrepreneurship and Innovation Institute (ENI) is proud to continue this legacy in partnership with Zane Venture Fund. Today we celebrate the hard work of our entrepreneurially minded students focused on tackling current challenges facing a broad cross-section of society.